Northern Tier Bicycle Route #8

Muscatine, Iowa - Monroeville, Indiana (402 miles)

  • 2 pages
  • Adventure Cycling Association
  • 978-0-935108-00-2
  • Dec 1, 2011

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Grades in the Lowlands, where this section is located, are minimal, if not nonexistent. The elevation rises less than 500 feet between Iowa and Ohio. One of the few places where hills are noticable is in east-central Indiana, around the Salamonie River and Mt. Hope Recreation Areas. By and large, you'll have great visibility ahead and behind. The tall corn, however, can screen everything to the sides. Listen for vehicles approaching from the fields; some farmers don't stop when they drive onto the roads. The corn can also hide street signs when it gets high.

The most notable feature of the route is the constantly changing quality of the roads. The county roads, however, have one saving grace -- they are virtually unused. Even local traffic stays on the better-maintained state highways. Traffic does increase during harvest, when all those soybeans have to get to market. Roads around the Tippecanoe River and Salamonie River Recreation Areas in Indiana get busier when the weather gets warmer, especially on weekends.

Adventure Cycling maps are created by cyclists, for cyclists, and they are some of the best available for those in search of discovery and adventure in North America. The maps reflect the association's research as well as suggestions from thousands of cyclists who have explored the Adventure Cycling Route Network. Adventure Cycling develops the best cross-country, loop, coastal, and inland cycling routes available, with turn-by-turn directions, detailed navigational instructions for the tricky sections, and elevation profiles in the high country.

The maps are waterproof and designed to fit in a handlebar-bag window or jersey pocket. The maps provide information specifically for cyclists: the location of bike shops, sources for food and water, and listings of overnight accommodations including camping facilities, small hotels, and cyclists-only lodging.


  • 2 pages
  • Adventure Cycling Association
  • 978-0-935108-00-2
  • Dec 1, 2011

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